Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize

Web Desk: Human Rights activist Late Aasma Jahangir has won United Nations Human Rights Award 2018.

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The UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations Prize.

The award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Human Rights Prize is awarded every five years, in accordance with a resolution of the General Assembly which was adopted in 1966.

Jahangir became the fourth Pakistani woman to be awarded the UN Human Rights Prize. Before her, Begum Ra ana Liaquat Ali Khan (1978), Benazir Bhutto (2008) and Malala Yousufzai (2013) had been accorded the honour.

The lawyer passed away on February 11 in Lahore due to cardiac arrest. Asma, who was also the former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, was 66 years old. Born in 1952, Asma studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A from Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.

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